Workshop to examine Australia’s productivity performance

Thursday, 22 November 2012  Features

Examining the swings in Australia's productivity performance is crucial to determine how a recent decline can be rectified, and it is one of the topics discussed at the upcoming annual Economic Measurement Group Workshop hosted by the Australian School of Business.

There will be a focus on historical surges and falls in productivity and output growth, and a comparison between Australia, the US, and other countries.
Professor Kevin Fox, the Director of the Centre for Applied Economic Research, says "there will be a series of presentations which will cover a broad range of issues relating to productivity, ranging from the impact of the financial crisis to how Australia's transport infrastructure impacts on costs."

"Other topics include the effect of electricity outages on production costs, and household production with its connection to leisure and living standards," he says. "Experts will be presenting their views on issues such as drivers of productivity growth in Australian industries, and how the access of firms to credit impacts on productivity."

The workshop is highly regarded internationally, attracting interest from academia, government agencies and industry.

Participants will include academics from the US, Canada and the Netherlands, as well as representatives of international agencies, such as the International Monetary Fund and the OECD.

The Economic Measurement Group international workshop is supported by the Productivity Commission, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Research Council.

What: Economic Measurement Group Workshop
When: 21-23 November 2012
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel at Coogee Beach
Contact: Professor Kevin Fox +61 2 9385 3320 K.Fox@unsw.edu.au

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